My cat Giovanni died in my arms, one morning last fall, just as the sun was just rising and the first rays coming in through the window on us. He had been suffering kidney and heart failure and lost most his weight in just two weeks. He gasped three times then died an old kitty, almost 19 years old.
As an artist, it helped me to paint it out and work on a little cat alter. You paint out the love and the memories that you never want to forget. continue reading
Patchwork quilts are a good example of “use what you have”.
Here are three golden rules to be an “Art Scrapper”, and an environmentally-aware artist. I know that artists do not always like rules, so you can also call these three guidelines, or philosophies, on turning old scraps into fine arts and crafts:
Scrapper Rule #1. Use What You Have. continue reading
I recommend the books, The Zen of Seeing and The Awakened Eye by Frederick Franck, to artists and art lovers everywhere. Essentially Franck tells artists to let real life guide your drawings. Using the principles of The Zen of Seeing, I sketched my cat G.B., doing my best to remove my ego and preconceptions from what I drew. continue reading